When She Woke (Unabridged)
by Hillary Jordan
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Hannah Payne awakens to a nightmare. She is lying on a table in a bare room, covered only by a paper gown, with cameras broadcasting her every move to millions at home. She is now a convicted criminal, and her skin color has been genetically altered. Her crime, according to the State of Texas: the murder of her unborn child, whose father she refuses to name. Her color: red. The color of newly shed blood. In Hannah's America, sometime in the future, faith, love, and sexuality have fallen prey to politics. Convicted felons are no longer imprisoned and rehabilitated, but "chromed", forced to appear in a new and sinister form of reality TV, and released back into the population. Stigmatized in a hostile world, they must survive the best they can. Until her arrest, Hannah had devoted her life to church and family. In seeking a path to safety, she is forced to question the values she once held true and the righteousness of a country that politicizes the personal.
A truly captivating novel
Absolutely spellbinding! This modern-day nod to the Scarlett Letter totally captivated me and I was heartbroken when I finished it; this novel leaves you wanting more. Though it has science fiction elements to it and takes place in a world with radical political views, the characters' struggles are overwhelmingly raw and relatable; the story's concept is wildly intriguing and genuinely begs the question, "what if life were like this?" The novel grabs you not only because of the well-written language that keeps you on the edge of your seat but because much like other futuristic novels such as Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and Orwell's 1984, the fictional world the author creates is eerily possible. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something new and thought provoking; it is unlike any book I have read before and I appreciate not only the creativity, but the subtle nod to classic literature.